Halloween is the perfect time to bring out all of the morbid decoration and Edgar Allen Poe/Gustave prints. This past summer, my mom and my sisters Alicia and Tobi all made spell books to prepare for the fright-season. This sounds awesome, because it is! I used hot glue to make a doodle-type pattern on both of my books, then we covered them in many layers of tissue paper, lettering, and glue:
This is the Evans family spell book, full of secrets. Appropriate for MrE.
I never looked up Mordis to see if it meant anything. It sounded like a likely title for an occult how-to book.
I believe one of my superb aunts or my mom came up with the original idea, and when we visited, my mom got us some Reader’s Digest collected works (why would they even print those?) and we went to town, leatherizing and decorating them to be as witchy as possible. This is but a small taste of the things my mom and her own sisters have done to make Halloween the most decorated of all the holidays, after Christmas.
Exciting new drawings are in the works, but for now, there is this little zen doodle. I saw something very similar on Pintrest and decided to give it a go. It’s not entirely perfect but there you have it.
Squished ribbon and doodley things
My next State Flower is the Iowa Rosa Arkansana, or the Wild Rose. Of course, what other time was as wild as the roaring twenties, when Art Deco, my new favorite design style, was so well established. That’s not really what I was thinking when I drew this doodle, I just wanted to add some cool geometrical elements to my next piece. I don’t like the dark turquoise color, but other than that, I’m quite pleased with the concept of this doodle.
Combination dress clip and hair comb corners.
I love my new Prismacolor markers! They made doing the actual flowers very easy. I must confess, I did draw this in pencil first befome completing it in ink.
If you need to have a little bit of joy in your life, I give you this video of my cat Tony and our kitten Streaky. For the full experience, turn your volume all the way up to hear the purring.
Some friends of mine gave me a journal to write my thoughts during my church’s semi-annual General Conference. They made the cover of the journal white and blank, so I could have something to draw on while I listened. The main element of the journal is a shield, which other Mormons will instantly recognize as a CTR shield. CTR stand for Choose the Right, much like other Christian churches like WWJD.
Children are given a little CTR ring like the one to the right in Sunday School, so they can have a visual reminder to make good choices throughout the day. I’m not sure why the shield is green, but that is why I colored my own journal’s shield green as well.
Bright colors unite!
I think next year I may do journals like this for my nieces and nephews, or maybe I’ll do that for their Christmas presents (which would be a first for me giving them Christmas presents because I’m a terrible aunt). Then they can take thier doodle with them to school, that is, if thier parents can bear to let an origional Ducky work leave the safety of home 😛
I often am struck dumb by the cuteness of the kittens. MrE is immune to them now. Even when they all cuddle together, he is unimpressed when I force him to come look.
Before I barged in, they were all parallel, snuggling like little spoons in a drawer.
It is interesting to me how the size of a piece of paper changes the way I doodle. This latest doodle is directly inspired by a couple of vintage Art Deco broaches I found when searching for ideas on the internet. I’ve been trying to work out just what it is that makes this style so distinctive to me, and I think it is the combination of very geometric shapes combined with a certain unexpectedness. Despite the small size of the doodle, it still took a few hours to complete. I hope to get faster, and possible do a bit of sketching in the Moleskine everyday.
I don’t quite know what it is I love so much about Art Deco designs.
On a more musical note, MrE and I went to see Hall and Oates live in concert at the Huntsville, Von Braun center, and they were amazing! They played all of their hits of course, ending with a cool improve rendition of I Can’t Go For That. Before the show, MrE and I played another game of squiggles, this time in the Moleskine. My favorite cartoon for this go-round is the man with elephantiasis with tiny eyes and a huge mouth.
Also, Godzilla made an appearance.
Fall is in full swing in Alabama, and that means the cotton is ready or has already been harvested. It is very strange to me to see cotton fields in well built-up areas, but it is cool to see all the perfect white in a field of brown twigs. Cotton isn’t what one would call pretty, but it does have a certain appeal.
A few weeks back, MrE and I were driving home from visiting his mom when I remarked that I wanted to draw cotton one day. We immediately pulled into the supermarket parking lot, went to the cotton field and stole a twig of Alabama’s finest cotton balls. The reason, of course, cotton is not the state flower is it is a cash crop, has a messy history involved in slavery, and it is not very pretty.
This plant is just plain bizarre.
I decided to make a sketch of this twig in my Moleskine.
Poor cotton. You are so ugly
I also took a little image to illustrate the size this tiny sketchbook actually is:
I do have big hands, it has to be said.
The next part of my doodle journey is drawing in a cute mini-Moleskine sketchbook. I’ve seen so many awesome designs on Pintrest, I had to get one of my own to try it out. I also got two very tiny pens, and even broke out some of MrE’s Rapidograph drafting pens (which I still have yet to learn how to use. I guess they are like super precise fountain pens and they have to be cleaned and refilled with ink.)
My first doodle in the sketch book is pretty normal/typical. Some flowers and some swirls. I didn’t plan it out very well, so I also added some of my new colors to make the features pop.
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All in all, I think I’m going to enjoy carrying around the small sketchbook, and maybe even doing some plein air sketching. In a future photo, I might put something next to the book to show scale. The book itself is about a centimeter shorter and about the same width as my hand.
It is so exciting to get new art materials. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but it just is–I think it’s the same with brand new school supplies. To commemorate my new markers, I made this doodle, which is more like a lesson in color combinations. The new Prismacolors are excellent, and I tried to use as many as I could in the little vignettes. When I drew the frames, MrE was quite excited because he thought I was going to draw a comic, but alas I did not.
First Prismacolor experiment
I drew a few different types of plant life, and this is the first time I’ve tried to do bamboo, and it is so easy to draw, I will certainly add it in future doodles.
Since I have the best husband ever, I now also have the most awesome markers ever! For our 23-month wedding anniversary, MrE Bought me the giant pack of Prismacolor brush tip artist markers i have been lusting after! I tested them out on my palette page and can’t wait to use them on some sweet new doodles.
So many markers…*drool*
I also got a teeny tiny Moleskine notebook to start doing tiny doodles when the mood strikes me.
I’ve been branching out into different subjects, as you may have noticed in past doodles. There is an artist I really admire, Kirby Rosanes, who does some truly ridiculous and awesome art. I took a page out of his Moleskine, ha, and tried something steampunk:
Just wind him up and set him loose.
Compared to Kirby, this little dude is but a meager steampunk baby. This is probably a doodle topic I will return to in the future.
I cannot claim to have come up with this concept for amazing doodle on my own; it was a special request from my very own husband, MrE. But I absolutely love it! I don’t particularly love poodles, they are nice and smart and all but a too lanky. I DO love all forms of noodles.
It was nice to do something completely representational, even if the form is abstract. I think the next step is to actually draw my own pets in some future doodles. We shall see…
Only three types of noodles,but each poodles does have a slightly different hairdo.
For even more cuteness, here are kittens. They were hugging a moment before I took the picture, but I was too late.
Please let us sleep in peace!